'Psychology' Archive

Religion and Self-Esteem

March 6th, 2006 / Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Podcasts, Psychology, Religion / Comments Off on Religion and Self-Esteem

The Hellbound Alleee show:SHOW #94 Religion and Self-Esteemguest : Sean ProphetLength: 1 hour To save entire file, right-click here. Sean Prophet's interview begins about 10 minutes into ...

Whither Human Nature?

March 1st, 2006 / Psychology, Religion / 7 comments

In a post entitled "The religious rejection of the moral being" Francois Tremblay of Goosing The Antithesis writes:I talked to Sean of Black Sun Journal, and he ...

On Bullshit

February 23rd, 2006 / Books, Psychology / Comments Off on On Bullshit

Here is an excerpt of a great little book called "On Bullshit" by Harry Frankfurt. The full text can be viewed here.One of the most salient features of ...

Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit"

February 23rd, 2006 / Newswire, Psychology / Comments Off on Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit"

Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit" Complete text

Tools for losing your faith

January 18th, 2006 / Psychology, Religion / 15 comments

Some great concise principles for challenging religious beliefs and believers. Great post on the "Core model of belief" from Goosing the Antithesis: Five categories of arguments for religious faith: moral appeals ...

"Father of LSD" turns 100 - Yahoo! News

January 11th, 2006 / Newswire, Psychology / Comments Off on "Father of LSD" turns 100 - Yahoo! News

ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) - Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered the now-banned hallucinogenic drug LSD that was an icon of the Hippy movement, celebrated his 100th birthday. ...

A Moral Code of Self-Interest

December 12th, 2005 / Psychology / 10 comments

From the comment files: Re: moral code, I think it's pretty clear cut that self-interest is the highest moral principle. This must be looked at in the long-term i.e. selfishness vs. self-interest. Selfishness would be short term taking advantage of others for personal gain--which would have long term consequences such as loss of reputation, running afoul of laws, etc. In a word, selfishness of this type would be just plain stupid. A person acting this way would quickly become a pariah, and thus lose the benefit of any short-term gain.

Damning her with Sentimentalities

December 1st, 2005 / Psychology / 1 comment

Letter posted at Salon in response to this story: Shame on Salon readers for rushing to judgment of a woman who is obviously struggling with a difficult situation. Some writers called her 'selfish' and a 'bitch.' Well guess what: we all are. Humans are guided by their genetic makeup, which predisposes us to favor our own genetic offspring. We are gene replicating machines, and this often has outcomes which are at odds with our modern and expansive humanistic outlook on life.

Fear Kills: Just as surely as the thing you fear

November 4th, 2005 / Psychology / Comments Off on Fear Kills: Just as surely as the thing you fear

Posted at salon.com Since You Asked in response to this letter: I spent the bulk of my life worried about nuclear war. Ever since my mom told me when I was 5 years old of the destructive power of nuclear weapons, I was paralyzed with fear. Who wouldn't be. After all, with ICBMs, we only have 15 minutes. Flash forward a couple of decades. That same mom (Elizabeth Clare Prophet) was telling her flock of followers worldwide to build bomb shelters and they did. I helped her build them, working on the project for 5 years or so. Eventually we had spent over $20 million. Everyone involved felt as if they had already been through a war. Lives were put on hold, property sold, college and career plans postponed. In the end, there was no war, and people simply had to move on. But the years of their lives were taken just as surely as if a war had actually come.

On life and love

May 22nd, 2005 / Psychology / 2 comments

I will take care of myself I will not give in to forces of conformity I will treat those I love with honor but I will not allow guilt to color my perception I ...

Betrayal Part 3 (of 3)

April 1st, 2002 / Psychology / 11 comments

by James Hillman Continued from Part 2 I would like now to leave the question of what betrayal means to the son, the one betrayed, in order to return to another ...

Betrayal Part 2 (of 3)

March 1st, 2002 / Psychology / Comments Off on Betrayal Part 2 (of 3)

By James Hillman Continued from Part 1 The experience of betrayal is for some as overwhelming as is jealousy or failure. For Gabriel Marcel, betrayal is evil itself. For Jean Genet, ...